Monday, December 18, 2017

Cessna 152, N95550, registered to and operated by Flying Academy Miami: Accident occurred December 16, 2017 near Oasis Ranger Station – US Government Airport (9FL7), Everglades City, Florida

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Everglades City, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA050
Date & Time: 12/16/2017, 1320 EST
Registration: N95550
Aircraft: CESSNA 152
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 16, 2017, about 1320 eastern standard time, a Cessna 152, N95550, experienced a total loss of engine power and impacted terrain prior to the runway at Oasis Ranger Station – US Government Airport (9FL7), Everglades City, Florida. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the two private pilots were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Flying Academy Miami as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight originated at Miami Executive Airport (TMB), Miami, Florida, and was destined for Venice Municipal Airport (VNC), Venice, Florida.

According to the pilot flying, they departed TMB and climbed to a cruise altitude of 4,500 ft mean sea level (msl). He reduced the engine power, leaned the mixture, and approximately 5 minutes later, the engine lost total power. He declared an emergency and elected to try to land at 9FL7, which was nearby, and began attempting to restart the engine. The airplane continued to descend, they entered the base leg of the traffic pattern, and he "secured the cockpit for landing," by leaning the mixture, pulling the throttle fully aft, turning the carburetor heat off, and the electrical equipment off. According to the pilot not flying, while on final approach to the runway, they unsuccessfully attempted to restart the engine "one last time," but the propeller "only spun three times and then stopped." While on short final, the airplane struck an airport perimeter fence prior to impacting the ground just short of the runway.

The airplane came to rest upright in a grassy area. An examination of the airplane revealed that the fuselage was substantially damaged. In addition, the landing gear were impact damaged aft. The engine was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N95550
Model/Series: 152 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Flying Academy Miami
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: TMB, 10 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 35 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 100°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: MIAMI, FL (TMB)
Destination: VENICE, FL (VNC) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 25.863611, -81.034722 (est)

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